Former Quinnipiac AD and coach Kahn passes away
Hamden, CN (Sports Network) – Burt Kahn, a former Quinnipiac University
Athletic Director and men’s basketball coach, passed away. He was 74 years
Kahn, who arrived at Quinnipiac back in 1961, took on a variety of roles that
ranged from AD to men’s head basketball coach. He also served as intramural
director and sports information director.
Kahn built up the basketball program to an NAIA powerhouse, including a trip
to the NAIA National Tournament during the 1972-73 campaign. He won a school-
record 459 games during his 30 years at the Quinnipiac helm.
“Burt’s passing gives us all a chance to reflect on the significant impact
that Coach had on not only myself, but the entire Quinnipiac community as
well,” said Bill Mecca, current Senior Associate Athletic Director at
Quinnipiac as well as Kahn’s former assistant and successor as head coach. “I
am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him. He will be
missed, but fortunately, legends last forever.”
As athletic director, Kahn was also instrumental in elevating the entire
athletic department program from NAIA to NCAA Division II level. He also got
the university ready for a move to Division I.
Kahn, who stepped down as head coach following the 1990-1991 campaign, led
Quinnipiac to six 20-plus win seasons and 24 trips to the postseason.
The school gymnasium was renamed as Burt Kahn Basketball Court in 1996.
Kahn, who served the institution from 1961-1995, will be inducted into the New
England Basketball Hall of Fame in September.